latkes

latke

[laht-kuh]
noun Jewish Cookery.
a pancake, especially one made of grated potato.

Origin:
1925–30; < Yiddish < East Slavic; compare Byelorussian (g)latka, dial. form of aladka kind of pancake, Old Russian oladǐya (Russian oládʾya), probably < Greek elá(i)dion, derivative of élaion oil

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latke
"pancake made with grated potatoes," 1927, from Yiddish, from Rus. latka "pastry," lit. "a patch."
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